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Era of Biden: Win or Loss for America?

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES are ever with us. Gain perspective by reading what Rodric has to say about it.

To give you some background about my political views, I am a Conservative Republican. I love our philosophy of independence and power from united efforts to support each other with hard work and honoring traditions and heritage. Power rest in the will of the people to support the liberties we as Americans hold true, a birthright from God Himself bestowed upon all people, but effectively demonstrated in America, the pearl of democracy, the bastion of freedom, and so forth and such.

You get that I love my country and I love our heritage, warts and all.

I casted my vote for Donald J. Trump. I felt a conviction within me from God that he would be the best president for us in 2021 to 2024, so I cast my tiny lot to his support. Voting for him was my hope of continuing the trend of American interests and religious freedom. It was my effort to lift up America out of the swamps of world politics where we seem to mire down in the machinations that curtail freedom and liberty because many of the nations we deal with do not acknowledge all the God-given freedoms of their citizens. Idealism. I support the idea that one day every person in every nation will one day enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we have here and be a united people all around the world. I saw that possibility in President Trump. Even with all the terrible incident on January 6th, I still believe that Trump would make a better president. I STILL do.

So, win or lose now that President Biden is at the helm?

Win!

Did I stutter? Did I misspell the word?

WIN!

Now that the answer to the question is out of the way, let us get into the reasons why it is a win for America even though half of us did not want the election to turn out the way that it did in November, including moi.

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As a Conservative, at least, I would joy in the sense that the process, preserved, allows the cogs of the national government to turn well with the gears continuity of the protection of our sacred liberties.

The Man I Voted for Did Not Win.

The morning of January 20, 2021, in the Valley of the Sun, Arizona, my wife arose from her bed skippy and happy, bubbling with delight. She went to the television, switched it on, and began preparing for the inauguration of President Biden. From the way she behaved, you would think it was something special that was happening. So what, another president took office. Let the machine keep running. I was ready to move on from the whole political show.

As those feelings, very common feelings started to take over producing a tiny bit of irritation at my wife's happiness over the ceremony, I puzzled why I felt no such wonder. This process of changing the government is a tradition in the United States dating back to 1789, right?

As a Conservative, at least, I would joy in the sense that the process, preserved, allows the cogs of the national government to turn well with the gears continuity of the protection of our sacred liberties.

There was no happiness in me regarding Biden's inauguration. The entire time I witnessed the events amid the giddiness of my wife, I feared there would occur an explosion. I waited for a singular shot to ring out interrupting the ceremony with the falling of the president-elect. I expected the snow that swirled in the air to have some poison in it to kill all the people at the ceremony!

I could not rest in my head until Biden took the oath. I became almost angry when the ceremony took too long to get him sworn in. In the past, presidents were sworn in privately and then had public ceremonies. I hoped that had occurred. After January 6th, I felt that some people would do anything to disrupt the traditional transfer of power to the new president.

I complained the entire time in mourning that the former president was not there to act in the ceremony of a peaceful power transfer ruining hundreds of years of tradition all for the one selfish act of acknowledging Biden's rise to power.

It hit me. The man I voted for did not win. My wife was happy because the man she voted for won! Why did I not get that earlier?

My wife and I had never celebrated Inauguration Day because neither of us ever voted for someone who won the election. George Bush was the first president I voted for, George W. Bush in the 2004 election and he won. That was the last time I celebrated. Every other time, McCain lost to Obama, Romney lost to Obama, Gary Johnson lost to Trump, and now Trump, my candidates, lost to Biden!

With Biden sworn in, now, I have joy. My views have not changed that he is NOT the best man for the job, but he IS the man we have for the job nonetheless.

We may not all get the person we wanted in office, but we have a chance to support the one in office while we wait for the next election to see if someone better comes along to meet our expectations.

The Lottery of Choice is A Win For Us All

Watching my wife celebrate her chance to participate in the spotlight of her candidate taking the torch touched my heart. I realize that I live in a nation where we decide who we want in office when eligible people take up a banner to continue the tradition of freedom in our nation, the tradition to protect our heavenly rights to decide who represents us in the governing process.

The singular FACT that we get the opportunity to decide who gets to participate and choose who wins is amazing! It is freeing. It is a gamble because we do not know who will rise to the top of the stack until all the votes are in, but WE THE PEOPLE get to decide.

We may not all get the person we wanted in office, but we have a chance to support the one in office while we wait for the next election to see if someone better comes along to meet our expectations. There may be a chance that the one in office could win us over as Trump did for me before he begrudgingly vacated the presidential office.

My wife showed me what it was like to have the candidate I voted for win the seat! Gifts, parties, celebrations, and well-wishes abound as friends call each other to spread their joy. Her enthusiasm showed me how lucky those of us who live in democracies the world over are privileged to participate in the governing process, no matter how small of a cog we represent in the political machine. We keep it going well when we vote.

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The United States of America

Loving my spouse, I figured that since we are still in love though we voted differently, why can we not as an American people come together in support of our great union also.

I mean, reality hit when I thought that--realizing that all of America is not in a relationship as intimate as a marriage with each other.

We are in a relationship, however, a covenant that we make each time we pledge before the flag.

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That is the covenant we make each time.

Allegiance to the flag does not mean we pay hommage to fabric and wood, but the lofty ideas that symbol represents. We trust each other with our freedoms. We put the power into each others' hands to decide who will rule for us in our nation. We acknowledge that our liberties come from God (or our collective will for those who do not believe in a god). We should, therefore, unite with each other when we have decided and accept the trend to move forward.

When Trump won the presidency in 2016, I mourned for and rejoiced. I rejoiced because I did not want Hillary to win more than I wanted Trump to lose. I could not in good conscience vote for Donald Trump at that time because I thought that he was a fake, having been a Democrat Party supporter for years and then suddenly become the face of my Republican Party. I claimed to be Independent for years because I secretly felt embarrassed for being a Black Republican. When Trump won, he caused me to come out of my closet and claim my place at the party table. He ate everything up, though.

I started to feel like an outsider in my own party when he joined it. I did not feel free to have an opinion anymore if it was not what Trump said due to pressures from within my circle of friends. The party became the vehicle for the ambitions of one.

I find that I don't care much for reality politics. We wanted that when Trump was in office. Now, I know what I don't want from this point on.

Fluff and Stuff, Not So Much, But Just a Little

President Biden winning released a pressure valve that I did not know was tightened in me. Don't get me wrong. I think President Biden will not be as good as President Trump was at leading the Executive Branch or running the nation. I think that he may run the country into the ground. He is nice, though. I can vote against him in four years, too! He has that long to win me over.

He is not trying to claim that America will not survive without him. He does not claim that we have deficiencies that only he can fill. He claims we can do it together. Feel-good-speak. I don't really buy it, but feel-good-speak, y'all. I miss it when the politicians did that.

I find that I don't care much for reality politics. We wanted that when Trump was in office. Now, I know what I don't want from this point on. I don't consider it sniping at Trump for writing this. He gave us what he was, a reality TV star. The character, not so much, but his policies I support and hope will remain a reality. I wish to find a way to give Barrack Obama's personality to Donald Trump and I would have the perfect president!

I wonder... If Obama and Trump had a political baby, who would it be?

Mitt Romney?

A. I. G. = America Is Great!

America is great because we believe that people should have choice in who governs us. Let us choose who will lift us or destroy us, but let it be our choice. In 2016, we selected Donald Trump to govern us. We see that his brand of governing gave a black eye to the traditions of our nation. He did not transfer power peacefully. It had to be removed from him. He did not offer it up; it was taken. He did not give access to the Whtie House. He left it like the next tenets do not matter. He spat on the traditions of my nation, and I am embarrassed for that.

I am embarrassed because I wanted Trump to win. I still think he would make a better president than President Biden, but he is not the president anymore. Prayers go up for the wisdom of God to fall on Biden. God can use Biden as well as He can any person who sits in the chair at the Oval Office and will listen to Him. Maybe my candidate for 2024 will win and give me a chance to celebrate as my wife did firsthand. My opinions have not changed, I support my president whoever that person will be or is.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony

Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 29, 2021:

Good on you, Mark. I want the future to be bright. I posted this on Facebook:

"I realize many people are upset about President Trump. Express your disappointment. Do legitimize the feelings of others who are not disappointed. There is enough space for all parties to have feelings."

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on January 29, 2021:

I am late, but I do reply! Thanks for reading. It does seem like I have left a long abusive relationship myself. I hate to say it, but that is what it feels like. It also feels like I miss it. I will get over that though. I really love having a choice about how things turn out. I am not fool about the far-right. I have been the victim of some of their attention. I wish their views did not come off so racist.

Mark Richardson from Utah on January 21, 2021:

We'll have to wait and see. I'm somewhat optimistic

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on January 21, 2021:

"Her enthusiasm showed me how lucky those of us who live in democracies the world over are privileged to participate in the governing process" - Yes, yes and yes some more. Having been born and raised in a dictatorship, I take this "democracy" thing pretty seriously. People just do not know what they are messing with (not to use harsher words) when they put the democratic system at risk (be they politicians, or regular people).

Well, I for one feel like I just escaped from an abusive relationship after four years. A long "sigh" happened yesterday and today the reality seems to be slowly seeping in: it's finally over for the moment.

I am concerned amigo. Far-right movements like the Golden Dawn actually made it into the Greek politics and was only dissolved after their members attacked other politicians and one person was murdered. In Italy, the fascist Five Star Movement is still alive and trying desperately to gain power. In Poland and Hungary, the extreme right already took hold of power. This isn't a game. Right-wing extremists are circling the seats of power like wolves circle a shepherd's flock at night.

Alrighty, I wish You all the best! Thanks for the writing - cheers!